Environmental Audit Committee puts the vital, hard questions to BEIS…

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Environmental Audit Committee puts the vital, hard questions to BEIS…

Environmental Audit Committee puts the vital, hard questions to BEIS Minister, on future dreams of carbon storage
2022-03-29 18:00:00
The UK government, the Committee on Climate Change, and industries such as aviation are hoping (against hope) that carbon can continue to be emitted, in amounts only a bit lower than now, and wonderful technologies in future will take carbon out of the atmosphere, and save us all.  Now the Commons Environmental Audit Committee – which has a vital role in trying to hold government to account on environmental issues – has written to the BEIS minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, setting out a list of issues with future “Negative Emissions Technologies” (NETs) and engineered greenhouse gas removals. They ask a long list of important, necessary questions.  Some of the key issues are whether misguided hopes of the efficacy of these will just allow industries to continue with “business-as-usual” emissions, rather than making the steep, rapid cuts needed. They ask how government will measure and monitor the NETs; how they will assess their effectiveness; how much harm would be done to global biodiversity by growing vast areas of crops, in order to burn them (and capture the CO2). They ask if the carbon storage will be permanent, or if the government will allow captured carbon to be used by industry, especially for enhanced oil and gas recovery. And much more. .Tweet Capturing carbon emissions and storing it underground could allow polluters to dodge climate action, MPs warn Carbon capture technologies could allow polluters to shirk responsibilities to slash their emissions, according to the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee. By Victoria Seabrook, Climate reporter @SeabrookClimate (Sky) 29 March 2022 MPs are questioning the energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng over plans to burn wood pellets and suck the emissions out of the air to help the country meet its climate goals. The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee of MPs today warned that technologies that capture carbon dioxide and store it underground could distract from targets to cut emissions and see “heavy emitters dodge their responsibilities”. Burning wood to create electricity is currently classed as renewable by the UK and EU in the belief that trees grow back. Industry says combining bioenergy with carbon

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